- Unpretentious barefoot beach resort
- Environmentally friendly ethos
- Paddle boarding, kayaking, volleyball
- Spa, yoga, thai chi, Duong Dong excursions
Mango bay is an unpretentious beach resort along the west coast of Phu Quoc, with a particularly laid back feel. Rustic and down to earth, the resort prides itself on being very environmentally friendly, taking numerous measures to stay green and play its part in protecting the beautiful natural surroundings.
There are 44 rooms, all set back from the beach in lush, uncultivated surroundings. They’re well spread out about eight to twelve meters from one another, offering both space and privacy. Features common to all rooms include banana leaf roofs, outdoor showers, four poster beds with mosquito nets, shuttered windows and a private veranda. There’s no air conditioning, but a fan is provided to help with air circulation. Note that there are no televisions but there's plenty to do in and around the resort.
Due to its beach side location, the Mango Bay offers an abundance of outdoor activities. Guests can explore the waters of the Gulf of Thailand by going on snorkeling or scuba diving expeditions to nearby islands arranged in partnership with the local Flipper Diving Club. Other water-based activities include paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing, while on the beach there’s beach ball, volleyball and badminton; equipment for all these activities provided free of charge from the activity center. Bicycles can also be hired at no extra costs to explore the surrounding area. Duong Dong, the main town on Phu Quoc, is about 25 minutes away. It's a vibrant and lively coastal town with many attractions such as its fine beaches, extensive markets and well preserved temples. There's also an on-site spa with a wide range of treatments, and this is where the resort’s Tai Chi and yoga classes take place.
The restaurant is open to everyone and has gained an excellent reputation thanks to the high quality of its Vietnamese-style seafood dishes and Thai cuisine. Though it specialises in seafood, it has plenty of other available options, including vegetarian choices. The outdoor seating area is especially pleasant in the late afternoon and early evening thanks to the stunning sunset views. For international dishes and cocktails there’s the Beach Bar, which has a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Children are welcome to stay at the resort. Families are advised to book the superior sea view family bungalow, which has plenty of space and can comfortably accommodate up to four people. Parents are reminded to keep an eye on their youngsters at all times. Mango Bay is a very relaxed down key resort so there are no kids clubs or formal kids facilities, but the sea is shallow, sandy and warm. Children under 5 stay for free, and extra beds and baby cots can be provided.
- High end resort with exclusive feel
- Private beach, infinity pool with ocean views
- Spa, outdoor fitness centre, yoga, tennis
- Cookery classes, water sports centre
- Upmarket boutique resort
- 3 swimming pools & private beach
- Cookery classes, village & temple visits
- Diving expeditions, national park day trips
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019